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Blagojevich trial: Ex-governor had millions in legal fees for investigation, John Harris said

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Back in 2007, Rod Blagojevich's legal bills were mounting. He had already paid $1 million to the law firm Winston & Strawn -- money that came out of his campaign fund -- for legal fees related to his federal investigation. And he was about to get hit with another $700,000 bill.

"The governor was very upset," testified John Harris, Blagojevich's then-chief of staff.

That's because he had to disclose on campaign records that he was swimming in legal bills -- which meant the feds were indeed breathing down his neck, despite his contradicting public comments, Harris said.

"That would send the message that he was in more trouble than he let on," Harris said.

The dent in his fund because of legal bills also meant his power was diminishing, Harris said.

Harris is now talking about the ex-governor's alleged efforts to stall an ethics bill.

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